-By Rashmi Uday Singh
The wow never wavers. My down to earth superstar guests, legends in their own lifetime, Mumtaz and Dr Rusi Soonawala are truly inspirational. Mumtaz has bounced back after batting cancer and her joie de vivre is as sparkling as ever. Padmashree Dr Rusi Soonawala works a 15 hours a day, travels the world, has made landmark medical inventions and is 83 years young. No, he does not dye his hair. Having dazzled her fans with over a hundred movies, Bollywood's beloved Mumu, Mumtaz left her fans bereft when she married multi-billionaire Mayur Madhwani and immigrated. She made a rare appearance as she caught up with her doctor (“who is now part of our family”) when I invited them to a meal at a Juhu restaurant. She returns regularly to Mumbai (she has homes in Colaba and Juhu) and also to her beloved daughter Natasha. In fact, she had just cooked paya and biryani and dropped them over at Natasha and Fardeen Khan's home. Interestingly, Mumtaz started acting and cooking at the age of eight and still continues to wow her family with her cooking. Dr Soonawala, is India's “big daddy” of bstetrician-gynaecologists and for the past 50 years has not only got gorgeous mommies (including our guest today) as patients but has brought Kareena, Karisma, Zayed Khan, Ranbir Kapoor and many more stars into the world.
We had a delicious afternoon, peppered with wit and fun. Mumtaz does not like 'Dimsum' and all such food which is good for health, she said as her eyes twinkled behind her Cavalli dark glasses.
Brilliantly located on the curve of Juhu Tara Road on the Juhu beach, 'Home Town' replaces the popular 'Del Italia'. A Malaysian (with Thai and Singaporean dishes too) and Continental colourful menu, a twin-levelled restaurant with postcards and paintings, stainedglass lamps and whirring fans complete the cluttered decor. Why on earth have they blocked off the view of the beach from the windows?
As for the food, it was the silken, coconutty Malaysian Curry that came out tops. Okayish dimsum and a hearty Nasi Lemak, rice with a coconut-milk curry was above average too.
But the chocolate mousse had a medicinal flavour and the Hometown Pearl Mountain (an average sundae) was just about okayish. At an earlier meal with my foodie reader Yajur Taxali all our dishes had been below average… from the lacklustre prawn mee, the overcooked grilled fish with butter, the dumplings which fell apart to the coconut jelly (which hadn't even set). Average meal for two Rs 1200. And the food took fifty minutes to be served (Yajur kept a tab).Home town obviously has plenty of home work to do.
Review posted more than 6 month ago
this place has got the best of ambience amngst all the places in the area. and the food is really awesome and true to the buzz that surrounds Home Town Cafe. i just cudnt resist having two chocalte mousse in one go. that thing is really irresistble. go on have a try at it.
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